FILE PHOTO: A health worker uses a swab on August 18, 2020, at a testing location in Houston, Texas, US, to test a person with a coronovirus disease (COVID-19) drive. REUTERS / Adrees Latif
The move came as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a sweeping order on Tuesday asking landlords across the country to stop evicting millions of tenants, saying it was an effort to reduce the spread of coronovirus .
The order covers all 43 million American residential renters as long as they meet income eligibility requirements, although an administration official said the government does not expect “heavy” use of the program.
According to a Reuters tally, the daily number of infections has declined the most in the United States in recent weeks, with 36,263 reported on Monday, less than half of mid-July.
Exceptions include Midwest states such as South Dakota, where hundreds of thousands of motorcycle riders gathered for a rally in August, and Iowa.
Complications of COVID-19 have killed more than 183,000 people so far, including 32,647 in New York and about 16,000 in New Jersey, with the highest number of deaths in the US.
Announcing the “overwhelming majority” of 150 rapid antigen tests purchased from Abbott LaboratoriesABT.N) Will be sent to state governors, US Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Admiral Brett Giror said the top priorities included day care centers and first responders.
Portable tests can produce results within 15 minutes and will sell for $ 5. They do not require additional equipment, and may use less invasive nasal inflammation than traditional lab tests.
President Donald Trump has pushed schools across the country to reopen classrooms, but several districts have ordered students to stay home and learn online.
These include the Los Angeles and San Diego counties, the second and third largest school districts in the country, respectively.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that an agreement was reached on September 21 with reluctant teachers union leaders to reopen school buildings to students as part of a plan to mix their classroom and distance education.
In a news briefing, De Blasio said, “The thing we agree for is to ensure that health measures are in place, to ensure that there is appropriate preparation time for our teachers.”
Earlier this week New Jersey and California relaxed some restrictions imposed due to the epidemic, allowing restaurants to introduce limited indoor dining.
The Mayor of New York City has allowed the restaurant to be served indoors anytime.
Reporting by Dan Whitcomb, Vishwadha Chander, Carl O’Donnell, Peter Szekli, Maria Caspani and David Shepperson; Editing by Bill Tarrant and Michael Perry